Pershore keep their record intact with Ridings century

Malvern Gazette: Pershore keep their record intact with Ridings century Pershore keep their record intact with Ridings century

PERSHORE maintained their 100 per cent record in Worcestershire League Division One with a 144-run thrashing of Redditch.

Liam Ridings carried his bat for 104 in difficult conditions to steer his side to 232-3 before fit-again Luke Dalley tore through the middle order with figures of 5-31 to rout the hosts for 88.

The result keeps Pershore top of the table with five wins and one abandonment from six games, 16 points clear of Worcester.

High-flying Colwall became Evesham’s first victims of the season as the former Birmingham League team recorded a three-wicket success to lift them clear of the relegation zone.

Worcester Nomads have taken over in third from Pedmore, who lost to Worcester by five wickets, but only after winning by a single run at Droitwich, ending the match with just eight fit players.

Bromyard lost by 56 runs against Hagley to remain winless as the first win-lose section of the campaign comes to a close.

Harvington’s match was abandoned against Belbroughton due to the rain and Belbroughton have now lost four out of their six games to the weather.

Oldswinford lead Division Two by a point from Bewdley, while Cookley slipped up at home to third-placed Burghill and Tillington by two wickets.

The Worcester Dominies’ Miles brothers, Steve and Chris, made 122 and 87 not out respectively as their side won easily at Enville to go fourth, 19 points off the top.

Malvern and Coombs Wood both won for the first time, beating Wormelow and Feckenham respectively.

Chaddesley Corbett took over at the top of Division Three after Mohammed Saddiq returned the season’s best figures to date of 8-15 to skittle Alveley out for just 51.

Netherton are one point behind after they lost at home by just two runs to Stourport.

Bredon are just a point further back in third after a five-wicket triumph over Tenbury, while Harborne sit fourth and Stourport fifth in a congested top half.

Avoncroft, whose openers racked up 419 last time out, were dismissed for just 85 at Cleobury to lose by 123 runs.

It is also tight at the top of Division Four with leaders Bartestree and Lugwardine just three points ahead of Bromsgrove.

Himbleton are fourth after beating Oldswinford and Stourbridge Social thirds thanks to an unbeaten 93 from Richard Pretty.

Barnards Green thirds and Kempsey both remain unbeaten after five matches in Division Five.

Rob Tyler made 93 in Green’s win against Hanley Castle, while Kempsey defeated Astwood Bank thirds by 46 runs to stay joint top.

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